Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion which can be read as a strong re-affirmation of the Heller decision.
This is terrific news.
In the case of Jaime Caetano v. Massachusetts — the Court vacated a state court opinion affirming a conviction for possession of a stun gun because it categorically violated the Second Amendment. You may ask how a case involving a stun gun affects actual firearms, but it does – and in a big way. Read an analysis of the case here.
In short, relying on the Heller decision – the Supreme Court firmly rebuffed the three rationales offered by Massachusetts’ Court and basically re-affirmed Heller. The incredible footnote to this is that it was done without Justice Scalia.
There is speculation as to why the Court reached this unanimous decision, but regardless, the justices made a sound decision, understanding that allowing weaker people an “equalizer” is the essence of the right of self-defense. As Justice Alito’s concurring opinion states “The decision below also does a grave disservice to vulnerable individuals who must defend themselves because the State will not.”
Can we hear an “Amen” to that?